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Moms’ DHA and kids’ blood pressure

In earlier findings, the omega-3 DHA lowered blood pressure in adults and children, but doctors wanted to test how mothers’ DHA might affect their children.

In this study, doctors followed 171 children born to mothers who had begun taking a placebo or 600 mg of DHA per day at 14.5 weeks pregnant through delivery.

About 30 percent of the children were overweight or obese and, among these, by the age of six, those whose mothers had taken DHA during pregnancy had average systolic and diastolic blood pressures of 100/59 mmHg compared to 104/64 mmHg for placebo.